With my timelines full of news coverage of the Kavanaugh case, you bet these ovaries just want to lay down and sleep.
Not to say that the case is not important, IT IS IMPORTANT, CRUCIAL EVEN, TO THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES, but it’s honestly exhausting and triggering to continuously hear about whether or not he will be appointed to the Supreme Court.
We get it, middle age white men run the government with an exception of a couple of women dispersed here and there. We get it, these old white men rather concern themselves with blaming each other’s parties’ than facing the reality that we live in a rape culture and that we need to hold rapists and sexual assaulters accountable.
But why are we not hearing more about what is happening in-
Did you click the links?
Which leads me to ask, as college students, as individuals, do we simply not care? Is our cognitive dissonance so high that we just keep up with the upcoming season premieres of our favorite shows? The fact that Kanye West changed his name to Ye? Have we come to the conclusion that No news is good news?
The media’s news coverage likes to create the illusion that the world is falling apart. Thereby having individuals become glum and negative and experience compassion fatigue.
Compassion fatigue: the state of being too exhausted to care anymore about something or someone to the point that one reaches the point of indifference and disassociation to the situation, person etc.
WE ARE EMOTIONAL BEINGS. We are all susceptible to compassion fatigue.
It is easier for us, as college students to scroll past events in the world like:
But what about –
Not going to lie, these ovaries found the cats and bears to be adorable.
Whatever you found yourself clicking on and caring about goes to show what you find to be in your comfort zone in exploring and what you found yourself caring about without experiencing compassion fatigue.
Due to the popularization of the media, we have been constantly bombarded with images of death, destruction, and the like BOTH DOMESTICALLY (Flint Michigan, the Mount Valley Pipeline etc) AND INTERNATIONALLY.
We sit behind the screens wishing that we could do something but end up either scrolling past while thinking Damn that sucks for them and moving on with one’s day. We fall into the slippery slope creating an empathy gap between us as individuals and of domestic issues and foreign issues affecting others.
By choosing to distance ourselves from the issues in the world, we are escaping the reality of things by seeking refuge in our own personal bubbles. But we have to realize that by choosing this, we are choosing for everyone. By not educating ourselves on world events, we lose the agency to talk about what is happening to others.
Compassion fatigue is real. It is hard to feel moral all the time, and we cannot possibly feel sorry for everyone around the globe. That is simply impossible. But we can become educated in what other individuals go through. We can choose the process in which we consume news coverage on Twitter, Facebook and the like. Sure we can feel sorry about what others are going through, but make that extra effort to read and educate yourself on what is happening because believe it or not, it is your world too.
Now I challenge you college students and viewers alike to push past compassion fatigue and educate yourselves on what is happening around you. Your T.V. shows can wait.
The ovaries have spoken.
(P.s. your voice does matter)
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